This week on Epic Games Store, you can download Stardock Entertainment’s Galactic Civilizations 3 entirely for free.

The PC title, a turn-based strategy game that originally launched back in 2015, tasks you with evolving your species’ civilization and leading them into a ‘golden age’. It replaces last week’s free game, Star Wars Battlefront 2, which was so popular it ended up crashing EA’s servers.

You can play as Human, Drengin, Altarian, and more, and each race comes with its own history, technology tree, ship components, and more besides. There’s a lot of choice on offer in the title.

The game is available to download from now, January 21, through until January 28 when it’ll be replaced by another title. You can head to Epic Games Store and add the title to your library via the link.

Dandara: Trials of Fear Edition will be added next week, going live at roughly 8am PT … Read the rest

In a certain kind of game I am always called AAA. Not because I am good, or because I am screaming – often I am screaming – but because defeat rockets me out of the game, through the leaderboard name input and back into another round before I can stop stabbing the GO button, whatever button that may be. Bezier: Second Edition has just launched on Switch. It’s a reworked take on the brilliant PC game from – jeepers, 2016! This is that dense, personal kind of game so filled with treats I don’t want to spoil much, but I can at least tell you this: chances are good that in this game your name will be AAA too.

Bezier’s superficially described as an unusual take on Geometry Wars or Robotron. It’s a twin-stick shooter with a luminous aesthetic, an arcade treat in which you are a point of … Read the rest

Hi everyone!

GSC Game World here.

The debut S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 trailer at the Xbox Games Showcase was all about the atmosphere. We have made quite a bit of progress since July, and we decided to go forward, sharing an in-engine gameplay teaser. That seems like a neat way to kickstart a new year, right?

Just imagine.

A long and tedious road.

The hostile and treacherous Zone.

Unbelievable treasures that might cost you everything. A blood trial, separating your old life from a new one…

It’s time for a taste of how the game actually feels. Fast-paced changes of scenery, ominous landscapes and the ever-present feeling of an inevitable danger.

You’re seeing this world through the eyes of a stalker named Skif remember the codename, you will hear it a lot. Following the steps of its predecessors, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 introduces a completely new main protagonist. His actions will shape … Read the rest

It’s been some time since Bungie split from Activision, and the team has spread their wings in terms of what Destiny 2 has to offer. So what’s next? With Beyond Light, the team tried something completely new and despite PvP concerns, the overall reception of how the story has evolved since the Forsaken DLC has been incredibly positive with the community thriving once more. That being said, the work is far from over when taking back the Destiny name since its launch and with two more confirmed expansions on the horizon, it looks like Bungie is almost ready to share what’s next following immense player feedback. 

The launch of Destiny 2 wasn’t the most stellar of launches. Bungie received a seemingly endless wave of backlash due to predatory monetary practices, a perceived lazy endgame design, and a general feeling of disconnection from the community as a whole. At the … Read the rest

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Golden Force

PixelHeart

$19.99
The Demon King has set his sights on Muscle Island, a hitherto heavenly and peaceful place where life was good. The dark figure has installed his army there and persecutes the population with the help of his generals.
Wasting their last coins in taverns, the mercenaries of the dreaded Golden Force take advantage of their last vacation moments when they receive a new contract: to defeat this evil new ruler and reclaim the mountain of gold in his possession.
When there is gold and the promise of a good fight, you can count on the Golden Force to save your loaves!

– Control one of the four mercenaries of the Golden Force.
– Defeat the Demon King, his 5 Generals and his army of Monsters.
– Complete all 22 Stages accross the four islands of

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Companies found to be in violation of anti-trust law.

The European Commission has fined six publishing giants over the geo-blocking of Steam keys.

In a post on its website, the EC said that it was fining Valve, as well as Bandai Namco, Capcom, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax €7.8 million following an investigation into whether they had breached European anti-trust rules.

In short, the European Commission took issue with the fact that publishers could set keys for Steam to only be activated in certain countries. This goes against the concept of the European Digital Single Market.

Of the publishers fined, Valve was the only one who did not co-operate, with the company being fined €1,624,000. Capcom was given a 15% reduction for co-operation and fined €396,000, while Bandai Namco, Focus Home, Koch Media, and ZeniMax Media all received a 10% reduction, paying €340,000, €2,888,000, €977,000 and €1,664,000 respectively.… Read the rest

Alongside today’s release of Hitman 3 is a welcome bonus – a mode that allows you to play through the entirety of IO’s World of Assassination trilogy in virtual reality. That it works at all is a wonder, but there are a handful of caveats along the way, so here I’ll run through what’s good, what’s not so good and whether it’s worth investing for the VR experience alone.

If you didn’t already know, Hitman VR is currently an exclusive for PSVR on PS4 (a timed exclusive, it would seem, though we don’t know when exactly other headsets will be supported). If you own any of the Hitman trilogy games on PS5, you will only be able to play them in VR if you download and run the PS4 version of the game. And, if you are playing on PS5, you will need the PS5 PSVR adapter in order to … Read the rest

One of the most-discussed titles we revealed in 2020 was The Medium, a psychological horror game developed by Polish developer Bloober Team, coming exclusively to Xbox Series X|S and Xbox Game Pass. Bloober Team has made its name with well-received and envelope-pushing horror games, including Observer, Layers of Fear, and Blair Witch. Each of these games has a central theme that drives its creative and technological design and The Medium continues that tradition with a mechanic the team is calling “dual reality gameplay.” I recently had the chance to play the first few hours of The Medium and found it to be a wholly unique experience that I can’t wait to explore more.

“It all starts with a dead girl…” was the first spoken line of the game, accompanied by a scene of a girl running through the woods while being chased by an unseen pursuer. … Read the rest

Hearthstone is getting a significant update in just a few days with the Darkmoon Races Mini-Set on January 21. Over the past few years, Hearthstone has become not just the core game, but many different experiences under one roof.

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Don’t like Standard and dealing with the metadecks? Hearthstone’s take on auto chess, Battlegrounds, might be a nice escape. Still want the familiarity of cards but with an “every run is different” feel to it? Duels lets you play a roguelike run against other players, a natural progression from the dungeon delves that they were experimenting with a while ago. Arena lets players engage in a small scale format where single-card analysis and synergies can come to life outside of a constructed deck zone. And of course, there are still cozy Tavern Brawls that present strange game modes each week. 

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HITMAN 3 – Deluxe Edition

IO Interactive A/S


301
$79.99
Death Awaits. Agent 47 returns in HITMAN 3, the dramatic conclusion to the World of Assassination trilogy.

The Deluxe Edition includes exciting new content via the Deluxe Pack
– Deluxe Escalation Contracts
– Deluxe Suits and Items
– Digital Soundtrack
– Digital “World of HITMAN” Book
– Director Commentary (Mission Introduction)

Internet access and a free IOI Account required to redeem the digital soundtrack and the digital "World of Hitman" book. For more information, please visit ioi.dk/ioi-account

Game leverages Smart Delivery allowing access to both the Xbox One title and Xbox Series X title when available

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HITMAN 3 – Standard Edition

IO Interactive A/S


300
$59.99
Death Awaits. Agent 47 returns in HITMAN 3,
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